... and I'll print you your "ifyoudon'tgetpaidenoughtakeitupwithyourmanagernotme" note. More seriously, This is basic economics: workers agree to the wage rate because they expect tips. if they didn't get tipped, they'd ask for a wage hike, which would be reflected in higher price tags on your menu. If this happened in all restaurants, food would simply be more expensive and you'd go to the same restaurants and pay as much. In fact, given some market power, the owners would raise prices more than the wage hike and you'd end up losing. On the other hand, in the existing system, misguided cheapskates like you can get away without paying a tip. So you're the winner, and waiters are only asking for what's rightfully theirs in the first place.